Jeremy Jacobs is a terrible NHL franchise owner. Anyone who has lived through the various NHL lockouts knows this already. He has sucked for many years. However, in the last week alone, he has given a master class in being a terrible sports franchise owner in three easy steps:
1. Do not pledge to pay your staff and wait to see what other owners will do first before making any commitment.
All other NHL franchises, including one owned by notoriously cheap Eugene Melnyck, pledged to pay their gameday staff. But not Jacobs. Many arenas employ Delaware North gameday associates to run their concessions and the owners of those teams affected will be paying those employees, not Jacobs. That would be a complicated situation for a normal company but not so complicated for a huge company like Delaware North that posts revenue of $3.2 billion annually.
2. Only show some action after the state Attorney General gets involved. Make sure that action is empty.
Late last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey received calls from TD Garden gameday staff that were not being paid by Jacobs and his company. On Saturday, the Bruins released a statement on how the Jacobs family planned to handle the compensation situation.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 21, 2020
Upon first reading, it seems that TD Garden employees will be paid. However, after a second reading, one might notice the contingent “if” in the middle that just shows that this is a shitty move. So, no, the gameday employees will not be paid until or unless the games are never played.
3. After a poor reception, just lay off everyone. Make sure you do so in an indirect manner so people feel even more disrespected.
On Tuesday afternoon, TD Garden employees started receiving emails stating that they’re being laid off and that they might be eligible for unemployment benefits.
TD Garden workers already left in the financial lurch for missed #Bruins and #Celtics games received more bad news on Tuesday — they were officially laid off. @MikeSilvermanBB has the story. https://t.co/zNexPhRpkl
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) March 24, 2020
So, instead of being paid by the multi-billionaire owner, by the multi-billion dollar business, they get to see if they can tap into their unemployment benefits that they paid into with their own earnings. This kind of money is chump change for a guy like Jacobs and it’s absolutely sickening to see him treat his workers like this. It’s easy to be a fan of the Bruins players but it’s hard to root for the team that is owned by a shitty guy who has valued profits over people time and again.
So what happens with that $1.5 million fund? If employees are laid off, presumably they can’t be paid out of that. So who gets that money?
Now let’s get to some other news that could inform the above.
Yesterday, the ice at the TD Garden was melted and the decals put away. Reportedly it was due to the significant expense of keeping the ice in shape. Those in charge of ice making at the rink said that it would only take 1-2 days to make a fresh sheet of ice for play.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) March 24, 2020
Later on in the day, word came from TSN insiders that the NHL player self-quarantine is being extended by 10 days while teams try to wait out the worst of the coronavirus outbreak while awaiting word on when small groups can practice together again.
INSIDER TRADING: #TSNHockey Insiders discuss…
– #NHL teams asked for August home dates
– Extension of league quarantine
– Ice issues if NHL returns this summer
– Financial implications of no season
– Habs pay cuts
– Contracts expiring June 30
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) March 24, 2020
Teams also are giving out home game availability through August.